Embroidered bedspread

Portuguese or Spanish
18th century


296 x 193 cm (116 9/16 x 76 in.); Legacy dimension: 1.93 x 2.96

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and silk; embroidery

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Natural colored linen; on this is worked with green, pink, light blue, yellow and white silk and a variety of stitches, a design of interlocking scrools bearing leaves, flowers and birds. Through the middle are three medallions enclosing carnations in profile. The main field is surrounded by a wide border and two narrow ones, in which are scrolling designs. Edged with silk fringe and with tassels on two corners.


Gardner Brewer (b. 1806 - d. 1874), Boston; by descent to his daughter, Caroline Abigail Brewer (Mrs. Arthur) Croft (d. 1898), Boston; 1901, bequest of Mrs. Arthur Croft to the MFA. (Accession Date: July 1, 1901)

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Arthur Croft—The Gardner Brewer Collection